BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL)’s share price was down 1.9% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $27.31 and last traded at $27.31, with a volume of 1,341,497 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $27.83.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on BBL shares. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a report on Monday, May 9th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a report on Friday, May 27th. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a report on Friday, May 27th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BHP Billiton PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 17th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “underweight” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a report on Tuesday, June 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $30.50.

The company’s market capitalization is $69.53 billion. The company has a 50 day moving average of $26.51 and a 200-day moving average of $24.65.

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 20th. Investors of record on Friday, September 2nd will be given a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 31st.

BHP Billiton Plc is engaged in exploration, development, production, processing and marketing of minerals, in respect of iron ore, metallurgical and energy coal, copper, aluminum, manganese, uranium, nickel, silver and potash, and exploration, development, production and marketing of conventional and unconventional oil and gas.

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